"Trucking" with Santa

FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Communities unite to rebuild communities

Community MindedCommunity Minded
From left, Rachel Mathiesen, Raeanne Bond, Kellsey Buerge, Ceceilia Galatioto, Tess Svoboda and Cora Bruno were among the Margaretville area teenagers who pitched in with a great effort in the flood cleanup. — Photo by Dick Sanford

By Jennifer Kabat
Hundreds of bottles of Snapple, Pelegrino and Coke. French butter, anchovy paste, cheese and balsamic vinegar and jugs of pickles. All had to be thrown away.

The liquids dumped into the gutter, bottles opened and lined in rows on the curb to spill out, then held upside down to get out the last drops. The yellow jackets loved it, swarming trash bags and sidewalks, flying around arms and sticky legs. And there doing the work? Kids, girls, Margaretville’s teenagers. All there of their own accord. Across the village they were out in force helping clean up.

Official flood recovery website

Margaretville — Efforts by three municipalities to recover from the August 28 flood are detailed on a new website: middletownfloodrecovery.wordpress.com.

The Town of Middletown and its two incorporated villages, Margaretville and Fleischmanns, are collaborating to bring the most current, accurate information possible to their constituents as the emergency evolves into one of recovery, repair and restoration.

MCS opening delayed until Sept. 13

Margaretville — Margaretville Central School (MCS) will delay the opening of school to students until Tuesday, September 13. Faculty is to report on Monday, September 12 at 8 a.m.

Due to recent weather-related safety concerns and the timeliness associated with the complete cleanup of the school basement, MCS has adjusted the starting date for students and faculty.
Although the main school building is prepared to accept faculty and students, the additional time will allow the professional restoration teams to complete the restoration process in the school basement.

Shandaken has flood fix-up shortfall

By Jay Braman Jr.
“I’ve got no money in my budget to handle this.”

That is the message that Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley delivered to state and federal officials Sunday, just prior to a meeting set up to determine how best to proceed with helping the Catskill Region in the aftermath of tropical storm Irene.

Exactly one week after the storm, Stanley was busy inside the command post set up in the MF Whitney Fire House on Route 214 in Phoenicia.

Two local men injured in flood clean-up

By Pauline Liu
There were tense moments as first responders rushed to rescue two local men, who sustained injuries after being struck by falling trees in separate incidents on Monday morning.

Coincidentally, both incidents occurred within minutes of each other in Halcott Center, one-and-a-half miles apart. Fleischmanns Fire Chief Todd Wickhan said both men were rushed by ambulance to Albany Medical Center by EMTs from Margaretville. 

Many folks, agencies pitch in for disaster relief

Staff Report
The Town of Roxbury canceled its Labor Day weekend celebration, which included a fireworks display.

“It’s not the time to really celebrate right now,” said Roxbury Supervisor Tom Hynes. “We were very fortunate that we didn’t get as extensive damage as other communities.” Hynes explained that some of the money raised for the events might be used next year and some might be returned to contributors who made donations.

Middletown property owners in RCS District face big tax hike


By Pauline Liu
Most Town of Middletown property owners will be receiving their school tax bills several days late this year due to software problems in the county treasurer’s office.

When those bills arrive later this week, some taxpayers will also be getting an expensive surprise. While many face tax hikes, more than 500 homeowners, who live in the Town of Middletown but pay school taxes to the Roxbury Central School District, face tax increases as high as 35 percent.

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Just when you thought it could not get worse

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Late Tuesday afternoon, as the News was going to press, officials discovered cracks developing between the sidewalk and building foundations in front of Rocko’s and Reprise clothing store in Margaretville. Officials are concerned that the Binnekill has undermined the foundations in the rear and that the buildings may collapse into the stream. The entire block from the Cheese Barrel to the Suites on Main has been declared unsafe for human occupancy. Officials are discussing the possibly condemning the entire block. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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